Sept is National Emergency Preparedness Month

get on over to the spectacular
San Ramon’s 9th Emergency Preparedness Fair
Saturday, Sept 24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
San Ramon Central Park & Community Center

This great event is all about families & personal preparedness!  Give-aways! Food Trucks! Learn how to use a AED and fire-extinguisher! Plus:

  • see demo of a Jaws of Life, from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District,
  • see Bomb Squad demo
  • witness Camp Parks 352nd Military Medical Brigade display,
  • check out San Ramon and Danville Police K-9 Dog Demos
  • tour the Kids Fire Safety House – to learn all about fire safety in the home
  • gather ideas for your own home emergency kit
  • fingerprint your child
  • test your child’s car seat (10 a.m. and noon)

and more. For more information on the Fair or on how you can BeReady, visit

Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters

inspired by CARD Can Help

Based on Alameda island, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters is an award winning nonprofit dedicated to helping nonprofits, businesses, and service agencies. CARD can help:

  • Move beyond fear, threat, and dis-empowering messages (such as Potty Posters)
  • Become prepared and ready to respond at little cost
  • Understand—in simple terms—the sometimes complex issues related to disaster response, terrorism, and government operations
  • Feel secure in the knowledge that your community can carry on even after a disaster
  • Meet public and private funder requirements of having a disaster plan in place
  • Network and build stronger relations with other agencies and the emergency response community
  • Empower your staff and volunteers to walk the world feeling safe and more prepared. Such as
    • Community service providers: by offering empowering, cost-effective training that allows them to keep their consumers and staff safe, and understand how to keep their businesses open and operating after a disaster
    • Special needs communities: by creating a safety net of their trained and trusted services agencies
    • Government: by connecting all parts of our community for a united response
    • Traditional emergency responders: by training the community to work in partnership with police, fire, Office of Emergency Services (OES), and other disaster service agencies
    • Businesses: by strengthening the resilience of service providers such as childcare, eldercare, or other critical components of a strong, thriving business community
    • Faith-based organizations: by helping them provide support, information and guidance to their congregants in times of disaster
    • Foundations and corporate sponsors: by helping secure their investments in agencies and the vulnerable communities they support
    • The general public: by creating an easy way for all people to fully participate in preparedness and response, in their own way

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

inspired by Putting Down Roots in San Francisco Bay

This handbook provides scientific info about the threat posed by earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay region and explains how you can prepare for, survive, and recover from these inevitable events.

If you live or work in the region, you need to know why you should be concerned with earthquakes, what you can expect during and after a quake, and what you need to do beforehand to be safe and reduce damage.


Totally Unprepared

inspired by LA Totally Unprepared

It’s a Family Affair.

What Do You Put in Your Kid’s Earthquake Go-bag?
Why, as much as they can carry comfortably for their size, including their favorite small toys, games, and snacks. A child old enough to carry a backpack like this is old enough to shoulder their own little earthquake go-bag. Here are things to include:

  • A bag that your child can carry easily. Something big enough to hold everything, but small enough to slide under their bed. A child’s backpack would work well.
  • A bungee cord to attach it to the bed – you don’t want it bouncing away before you ever get to use it!
  • An easy-to-use, kid-friendly flashlight with batteries stored separately
  • Shoes (that fit)
  • Diapers (up-to-date size) & Wipes
  • Socks
  • Bottled water
  • High calorie/Protein snack items that you know your child will eat.
  • Whistle
  • A change of clothes, like sweats
  • Hat
  • A toy, small game or book
  • A copy of your family emergency wallet card
  • Important! A recent photo of you with your child. If you are separated, this could be the best means of being reunited.

Optional items for your kid’s earthquake go-bag:

  • Transistor radio, depending on the age of your child
  • Playing cards or other small games
  • Teddy Bear
  • Pen and paper
  • A favorite book
  • Dust mask/bandanna
  • Protective goggles

Also see Evacuate My Pet for ideas about protecting your four legged family members.